Photo by Melody

Gardening Articles, Tips and How-tos - Dave's Garden

Welcome to our library of articles, where you can search and browse over 2,000 articles written by our own team of garden writers. Interested in becoming a Dave's Garden writer? Submit an article to apply.

Browse by popular topics below or search all articles    

Perennial Flowers Herbs and Herbalism Vines Spring Gardening
Annual Flowers Cactus and Succulents Invasives and Weeds Summer Gardening
Ornamental Trees and Shrubs Fruits and Berries Wildlife Fall Gardening
Tropical Plants Houseplants Gardening Tips Winter Gardening

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Gardening picture

What's That Bug? The Regal Moth; Citheronia regalis
By Melody Rose (melody)

Gardeners often encounter unique and colorful insects in their gardens. The trick is to know which ones are friends and which ones are foes. This series of articles will help identify some of the most unusual ones and give you a peek into their lives.

Continue reading »

Read more articles about:  Insects regal moth

Friday, May 2, 2014

Gardening picture

The Second Arborists' Challenge in the Indian Ocean
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

Yes fellow readers, already one year has gone since the first arborists’ event and you can now enjoy my report regarding the second one which recently took place.

Continue reading »

Read more articles about:  Tree climbing arborist challenge foot-locking cambium saver karabiners distel hitch
image Gardening picture

DIY Gifts for Mom, the Gardener
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

Re-purpose, reuse and recycle your way to innovative and special gifts for the gardener. You don't have to be a professional crafter to make an innovative expression of your appreciation for a gardener in your life.

Continue reading »

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Gardening picture

Peerless Peonies
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

Of all the garden blooms that could grace a property, few can compete with the elegance and beauty of the peony. These hardy but magnificent flowers are easy to grow and even easier to enjoy.

Continue reading »

Read more articles about:  perennial flowers fragrant plants and flowers peonies
Gardening picture

The Joshua Tree
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

Yucca brevifolia, the Joshua Tree is one of the most well known, iconic plants of the southwest. This article serves as an introduction to this fascinating and unusual plant.

Continue reading »

Read more articles about:  desert gardening xeriscape yuccas cactus and succulents

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Gardening picture

How to care for spring floral gift plants
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

Live plants make beautiful, and well appreciated, gifts. A little good care will help the flowers last days longer in the house. And are you wondering if you can make the gift last for years to come by planting it in your garden? Let's make the most of your new daffodils, azaleas, tulips, or other spring floral gift plants.

Continue reading »

Read more articles about:  Gardening Tips Spring Gardening Bulbs Frugal Gardening
image Gardening picture

Containers and Baskets - A Primer on Seasonal Color Design
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

Are you mad for containers and baskets? Does a hanging fuchsia inspire you to paroxysm of joy? Learn how to build exceptional container gardens with your own personal style and flair.

Continue reading »

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Gardening picture

Pine Needle Acidity: Myth or reality?
By Larry Rettig (LarryR)

"Oh! You want to be careful with those pine needles," a garden visitor once warned me, as he spied the mulch in my salvia bed. "It'll bring your soil pH down to where it's too acid for those salvias."

Continue reading »

Read more articles about:  mulches pine trees gardening tips fall gardening soil tests acidic soil
Gardening picture

The Versatile Cuke
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

I would have to classify cucumbers as one of the top 3 most versatile veggies that we grow. There are so many uses for this member of the curbit family. Let’s learn about this delicious vegetable.

Continue reading »

Read more articles about:  Cucumbers pickles

Monday, April 28, 2014

image Gardening picture

Scarlet Milkweed - Friend or Foe?
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Tropical or scarlet milkweed (Asclepias curassavica) is native to South America, but it has become naturalized in parts of several southern states, including Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Louisiana, and Texas. Many questions and opinions exist regarding its use in gardens.

Continue reading »
image Gardening picture

Dealing with Dandelions Naturally
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

Spring has sprung and along with it those lively golden flowers which paper your verdant green lawn. Some gardeners may feel indulgent and simply enjoy the lion- mane like heads and subsequent white fluff but most of us consider dandelions the enemy. Combat must be swift and decisive, done often with toxic chemicals and reckless abandon. However, consider a natural, gentle method of getting rid of dandelions. This method takes persistence and time but is a more sure fire system and prevents spreading noxious substances where children and pets play.

Continue reading »

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Gardening picture

Garden Jokes and Humor: Dave's Garden Sunday Funnies
By Melody Rose (melody)

Gardeners have a keen sense of humor and we know that you'll enjoy adding your family-friendly quote or description to the image. We'll supply the picture and everyone can post their funniest title. We can't wait to see what you come up with!

Continue reading »

Read more articles about:  garden humor sunday funnies
image Gardening picture

Beyond Pansies: Cool Season Annuals to Brighten Your Garden
By Jeanne Grunert (JGrunert)

Cool season annuals can brighten the garden when the weather remains too cool to plant traditional annual flowers, but warm enough to sustain some fresh plantings. Many gardeners opt for pansies, a traditional cool-season annual, but there are several other annuals suitable for cool spring temperatures.

Continue reading »

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Gardening picture

Silent Bells Beckon (Bell Shaped Blooms)
By Jacqueline Cross (libellule)

From the delicate Muscari and Spanish Hyacinth to the grand Carolina Silver Bell tree, spring welcomes you to the garden with bells on. From spring, right into winter, there is always a bell silently ringing in the garden. There are many blooms, from tiny bulbs to huge trees, that resemble bells. Some bloom in clusters, some bloom up the stem, while others are single bells standing out for all to see. We will look at a few of them, here.

Continue reading »

Read more articles about:  spring gardening vines bulbs ornamental trees and shrubs
Gardening picture

The Dogwood Tree; A Garden Plant With Wild Roots
By Melody Rose (melody)

Many cultivated plants can trace their 'roots' to common roadside wildflowers and forests and gardeners often assume that the wild or native form is simply an escapee from someone's garden. Wildflowers and native trees and shrubs are beloved treasures that have inspired poets, artists and storytellers from around the world and learning to recognize them and preserving their declining habitat is something all gardeners should aspire to.

Continue reading »

Read more articles about:  dogwoods tres and shrubs wild plants

Friday, April 25, 2014

Gardening picture

Attract Bats to Your Garden with a Bat House
By Angela Carson (Bookerc1)

How much do you know about bats? If you answered that bats live in caves, you may be surprised to learn that many species spend the summer months in warmer locales, such as under bridges, in the eaves of buildings or houses, or nestled in trees. Spring, when the bats are emerging from their wintertime slumber, is the perfect time to install a bat house and invite these insect-eating mammals to share your garden airspace!

Continue reading »

Read more articles about:  bats wildlife
image Gardening picture

Winter Grass Recovery
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

As snow and ice recede, the lawn is left exposed and naked, revealing its flaws and winter damage. Some of the most frequent occurrences of winter damage are ice burned patches, boggy zones, excessive moss growth, salt damage, voles and something called snow mold. Any one of these leaves the turf less than attractive and inviting but can be repaired in a fairly short period of time.

Continue reading »

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Gardening picture

Photinia and Aronia - Shrubs for Foliage, Flowers and Fruit
By Todd Boland (Todd_Boland)

It seems plant taxonomists are busy reclassifying many of our popular garden plants. The chokeberries, Aronia, are now considered a type of Photinia. This article will descibe the genus Photinia (including Aronia), a group of shrubs valued for their foliage, flowers, fruit and in some cases, fall foliage.

Continue reading »

Read more articles about:  ornamental trees and shrubs garden design and landscaping fall gardening Photinia Aronia chokeberries
Gardening picture

Down Under, Though Not in Oz…
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

Strange title I agree but if I had used ‘under the volcano’ one would have imagined I was plagiarizing Malcolm Lowry’s novel... Actually today’s hike is not for the faint-hearted, or lazy. We are going underground through lava tunnels!

Continue reading »

Read more articles about:  Reunion island volcano Piton de la Fournaise lava tunnels

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Gardening picture

Peaceful Plants: Yarrow
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

It often happens that we visit our friends or relatives at that precise moment when a particular flower or plant in their garden is at its springtime or summertime best. That is how I discovered the beauty of pink yarrow in late spring.

Continue reading »

Read more articles about:  yarrow Achillea millefolium perennials perennial flowers perennial gardening
image Gardening picture

Choosing the Right Tree for Your Front Yard
By Jeanne Grunert (JGrunert)

A tree is an investment for years to come, so choosing the right tree for your front yard is not a decision you should make quickly. Take your time to understand the requirements of various trees so that you choose a tree that won't just survive, but will thrive in your front yard.

Continue reading »

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Gardening picture

Choosing a Small Ornamental Tree
By Susanne Talbert (art_n_garden)

Sometimes trees are planted for shade, sometimes they are planted to serve as a windbreak, and other times yet they are planted for fruit or nut production. But when a small specimen tree is planted for its sheer and petite beauty within the landscape, it can add special interest to a landscape. Following are some suggestions for small specimen tree planting, whether it is for aesthetic or sentimental interest.

Continue reading »

Read more articles about:  ornamental trees and shrubs dogwoods willows redbuds hawthorn trees
Gardening picture

Garden Visitor: The House Wren
By Gwen Bruno (gwen21)

Its nondescript appearance belies the house wren's special talent -- each spring, this tiny brown bird delivers serenades worthy of an opera star.

Continue reading »

Read more articles about:  birds house wren

Monday, April 21, 2014

Gardening picture

Breathtaking Bridal Wreath Spirea
By Audrey Stallsmith (Audrey)

In full bloom a bridal wreath spirea looks like a fountain, pouring clusters of white flowers all the way down its arching canes in spring, often before the leaves appear. When cut, those canes can easily be shaped into bridal headdresses, explaining their name. Non-nuptial types of spirea, on the other hand, fashion their clusters at the ends of their stems, bloom in summer and fall, and come in colors other than white.

Continue reading »

Read more articles about:  bridal wreath spirea Spiraea x vanhouttei Spiraea cantoniensis
image Gardening picture

Celebrating National Arbor Day
By Damian Fagan (D_Fagan)

National Arbor Day is April 25 and the day honors the role trees play in our world. John Chapman, aka Johnny Appleseed, might be known for his tree planting and conservation focus in the 1700s, but Julius Sterling Morton should be considered as the Father of Trees and Arbor Day.

Continue reading »

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Gardening picture

An Asparagus That Vines
By Larry Rettig (LarryR)

Ever on the lookout for unique plants that will grow in my Zone 5a/b garden, I occasionally discover one that I feel other gardeners would like to know about, because of its ease of care and other positive attributes.

Continue reading »

Read more articles about:  vines
Gardening picture

Garden Jokes and Humor: Dave's Garden Sunday Funnies
By Melody Rose (melody)

Gardeners have a keen sense of humor and we know that you'll enjoy adding your family-friendly quote or description to the image. We'll supply the picture and everyone can post their funniest title. We can't wait to see what you come up with!

Continue reading »

Read more articles about:  garden humor sunday funnies

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Gardening picture

Blueberries for new growers - learn along with me
By Jan Recchio (grampapa)

Blueberries are ideal for the home grower. They do not need much space and can even be grown in containers. I just started my blueberry 'patch' last year, so start yours now and we can become blueberry farmers together.

Continue reading »

Read more articles about:  fruits and berries blueberries Vaccinium container gardening July blueberry series
Gardening picture

Making Dandelion Jelly
By Melody Rose (melody)

Last week I published a book review about foraging and it inspired me to take it a step further. Spring has arrived in most of the Northern Hemisphere and since we're celebrating the coming growing season, I thought I'd kick it off with a unique foraged recipe.

Continue reading »

Read more articles about:  foraging wild foods canning and freezing dandelion jelly recipes

Friday, April 18, 2014

Gardening picture

Surprise Scallions for a Delicious Easter Meal
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

Cooking with my own vegetables from my vegetable garden is one of the wonderful things country life has brought to me. Spring is the most beautiful season for gardening, when everything around sprouts and turns green. Sometimes I happen to have sprouts I didn't know about in my garden, but that's one of the best surprises ever!

Continue reading »

Read more articles about:  scallions onions garlic lamb Easter meals
image Gardening picture

Celebrate National Garlic Day
By Damian Fagan (D_Fagan)

Garlic has a long and interesting history than spans from the Ancient Egyptians to modern day gardeners. As a result, April 19 is National Garlic Day, a day to celebrate this culinary and medicinal plant.

Continue reading »

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Gardening picture

I CAN Grow Strawberries in the Desert!
By Benjamin Hill (BennysPlace)

I have written articles highlighting the philosophy of growing plants suited to your zone. I really should follow my own advice. Or, should I?

Continue reading »

Read more articles about:  fruits and berries strawberries desert gardening
Gardening picture

All Around the Mulberry Bush (or Tree)
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

I grew up with simple children's songs which mention "the mulberry bush." "All around the mulberry bush, the monkey chased the weasel" or "here we go 'round the mulberry bush" are probably the two most common. Imagine my surprise to find out that most mulberry bushes are in fact trees! Let's find out more about the intriguing mulberry tree, or Morus genus.

Continue reading »

Read more articles about:  Morus fruit trees north american native plants fruits and berries canning and preserving foods

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Gardening picture

Fun with Forsythia
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

What is that willowy shrub that bursts forth with yellow blooms each spring? It's Forsythia. Fortunate to have a vigorous Forsythia in my yard, I have come to appreciate it for the striking landscape accent it provides.

Continue reading »

Read more articles about:  forsythia shrubs flowering shrubs spring flowering shrubs propagating shrubs
image Gardening picture

Attend Your Town's Arbor Day This Year
By Mary Frucelli (MFrucelli)

I attended the Arbor Day celebration in Wake Forest, North Carolina this year. Luckily it was a bright, sunny and unusually warm day for March.

Continue reading »

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Gardening picture

Ah, Spring!
By Larry Rettig (LarryR)

Those long-awaited harbingers of the spring garden are beginning to make their appearance here at Cottage-in-the-Meadow-Gardens: snowdrops nodding their greetings as I pass by, early species crocuses lifting their tiny yellow chalices in a toast to the warmer weather to come, and winter aconites dancing about in their bright green mini tutus and yellow tresses.

Continue reading »

Read more articles about:  spring gardening bulbs cottage gardens
Gardening picture

Purple Coneflowers? or Red, Yellow, -- or Tangerine?
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Purple coneflower is the 2014 “Perennial Plant of the Year” chosen by the National Garden Bureau. Native to the central and eastern United States, this lovely wildflower not only beautifies prairies and gardens across the country; it keeps them alive with butterflies, birds, and beneficial insects.

Continue reading »

Read more articles about:  Perennial Flowers

Monday, April 14, 2014

Gardening picture

Salvia apiana: White Sage
By Kelli Kallenborn (Kelli)

White sage (Saliva apiana) is attractive to bees and hummingbirds. In fact, apiana means ‘pertaining to bees’.

Continue reading »

Read more articles about:  North American Native Plants Ornamental Trees and Shrubs Drought-tolerant Plants
image Gardening picture

Choosing the Right Tree for Arbor Day and Beyond
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

In North America there are over 700 tree species, which makes selecting the right variety to plant a long thoughtful process. Some tips and a list of the most popular and easy to grow species may help you decide on this lifelong companion.

Continue reading »

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Gardening picture

Garden Jokes and Humor: Dave's Garden Sunday Funnies
By Melody Rose (melody)

Gardeners have a keen sense of humor and we know that you'll enjoy adding your family-friendly quote or description to the image. We'll supply the picture and everyone can post their funniest title. We can't wait to see what you come up with!

Continue reading »

Read more articles about:  garden humor sunday funnies

« Previous Page 1 ... 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | ... 99 Next »


We recommend Firefox
Overwhelmed? There's a lot to see here. Try starting at our homepage.

[ Home | About | Advertise | Media Kit | Mission | Featured Companies | Submit an Article | Terms of Use | Tour | Rules | Privacy Policy | Contact Us ]

Back to the top

Copyright © 2000-2014 Dave's Garden, an Internet Brands company. All Rights Reserved.
 

Hope for America